Personal Independence Payment: A Brief Discussion

The PIP is known as Personal Independence Payment. It is beneficial for people who are seeking help for daily activities and getting around due to a serious illness. If the applicant’s age is 16 or above and not able to reach the pension age, then he/she will get between  £23.20 and £148.85 in a week.

At the same time, your savings, income and your workplace don’t affect your eligibility. But, the amount you get depends on your disability and sickness. Also, the rate will be checked on a regular basis to ensure providing the right support for you.

Who Can Get Personal Independence Payment?

Before applying for PIP, you have to follow a few terms to check if you are able to get the benefit or not.

  1. If you need help with everyday tasks and you are above 16, then you can apply for PIP.
  2. In case you are suffering from a severe illness (at least three to nine months), then you can also apply for PIP.
  3. If you are suffering from any mental problems, you can claim for PIP.
  4. For those who have already reached the State Pension age and need some care, then you are eligible for the PIP allowance.

Know the PIP Rates

There are mainly two components that are required for PIP. Those are the Mobility component and Daily Living component.

The mobility component is also known as mobility allowance. This allowance must be paid when you need help. For the Mobility component, the standard weekly rate is £23.20 and the enhanced weekly rate is £61.20.

Whereas, the daily living component will be paid if you require help in a regular lifestyle including dressing and washing. For daily living component, the standard weekly rate is £58.70 and the enhanced weekly rate is £87.65.

How do you claim for PIP Payments?

Let’s take a look at some of the steps to claim Personal Independence Payment in the UK:

Contact DWP and Get the PIP Claim Form

To get a PIP form, at first, you have to call the particular Department for the Work and Pension. 

After that, you will get the documents for the PIP claim from the concerned authority. For this purpose, you might upload medical records or supporting letters as well.

Fill Up the Form Correctly

Then, proceed to fill the PIP form carefully. Make sure you provide all the original and accurate information and documents that are asked to upload. Remember to put the exact health condition of yours.

Send the Form

Once you fill-up the form completely, you have to send it to the address that comes with the envelope. Else, find and write down the address (where you are going to send) at the top of the envelope. Try to send the form within the time you have been given.

Book your Medical Appointment

Now, you are asked to set a date for a medical appointment in the assessment centre. If you are unable to go there alone, then take someone with you.

Get Decision

The department will send you a letter and tell you if you are able to get PIP or not.

Once you get qualified for the PIP you will receive a fixed payment from time to time. 

For those who do not qualify for receiving the PIP, they can challenge the decision by providing any supporting documents. 

Get Paid

You will receive the amount of money every four weeks interval. The amount will be credited to your bank account that you have linked up while filling the PIP application.

Report Changes

In the future, if you want to change anything regarding your PIP or your health condition gets worse day by day, then you can reassess your application. It will enable you to get the correct amount for medication or sustaining life.

Renew the PIP Claim

If you want to renew the PIP claim, you can contact the Department of Work and Pension and tell them to do this for you. However, to process your claim, you might have to fill a new application and undergo a medical examination.

How to Challenge the PIP Decision?

In case you are not happy with the existing PIP decision, you can change it. But you should know the proper process.

If you have any confusion regarding your current PIP decision, then contact the DWP. Tell the department for the mandatory reconsideration. A Mandatory Reconsideration is required while the DWP looks at their decision once more to let you know about any changes.

After that, you will receive a Mandatory Reconsideration Notice from the DWP. But if you disagree with the notice, you can appeal to the Tribunal for further changes.